SAO PAULO / RIO DE JANEIRO – The wife of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and one of his ministers tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official statement on Thursday, as the spread of the coronavirus novel did not show the no signs of decline in the country with The second worst outbreak in the world after the United States.
Just days after her husband said he had beaten the virus with a negative test after weeks in quarantine, Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle, was positive, the presidential office said in a statement.
“First lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She is in good health and will follow all established protocols,” she said, referring to the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Earlier on Thursday, Brazil’s science and technology minister, Marcos Pontes, said his test was positive again, becoming the fifth minister in Bolsonaro’s government to be diagnosed. with the disease.
Their infections are a palpable sign of the scale of the outbreak in Brazil, which set fresh daily records Wednesday for new cases of COVID-19 and related fatalities.
The 69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 additional deaths reported by the Ministry of Health, forced the country to go through 2.5 million infections and 90,000 killed.
Pontes made his news on Facebook and said he was quarantining and working remotely.
“I only have positive testing for the new coronavirus,” he said. “I’m fine, a few flu symptoms and headaches.”